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At Entropy, Curtis Smith talks with Wiliam Walsh on writing and compiling Forty-Four American Boys

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Curtis Smith: Congratulations on Forty-four American Boys. Can I assume you’re a history buff? Can you trace the book’s roots back to your own childhood?

William Walsh: Well, unfortunately, I am not an historian and I’m not typically a participant in American politics. Until this past election, I never voted. My earliest memories of an American President was 1972, when Nixon was re-elected. I remember my parents coming home late from voting. I was in bed and woke up to ask them who they had voted for, and my father said, “Not Nixon.” Not long after that, I can recall my school lowering the flag to half-staff when Lyndon Johnson died. My teacher said, “There are now no living ex-Presidents.” I remember the Watergate hearings on TV one summer, and during Jimmy Carter’s administration I used to draw caricatures of him—his big smile and his head in the shape of a peanut shell. . .

Read the full interview at Entropy


William Walsh on writing and researching for Forty-Four American Boys at Entropy

His father, with his thick moustache and hair combed back, was a stern, formal man who insisted on wearing a tie and jacket at home. A conservative Republican who admired Barry Goldwater, his father forbade his children from cursing. . .

William Walsh
Forty-four American Boys:
Short Histories of Presidential Childhoods
220 pages
$16.00 paperback ISBN 9781944853259
$9.99 ebook


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